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10-17 year olds brought before the courts for offences relating to the public disorder between 6th and 9th August 2011: Background characteristics, school attendance and educational attainment - August 2011
The Department for Education will be publishing a short analysis of the background, characteristics and educational history of the young people suspected of involvement in the recent disturbances. The analysis will include information on: whether or not they are in receipt of free school meals, their attendance records and their exclusion records. The Ministry of Justice published a statistical bulletin on the public disorder of 6th to 9th August 2011 on 15 September.

The DfE analysis will be published as an additional chapter of the MoJ statistical bulletin, at 0930 on 24 October 2011.

DfE: Changes in the reporting of Child Death Reviews in England for the year ending 31 March 2011 - March 2011
Child death reviews completed in the year ending 31 March 2009 and 2010 were published under the title of "Preventable Child Deaths in England". Data collected for the year ending 31 March 2011 will be published under the title of "Child Death Reviews Completed in England" in July 2011. Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) are responsible for reviewing the deaths of all children aged 0 up to 18, and from 01 April 2010 they were no longer required to assess if each death was preventable. Therefore the title of the publication has been revised to reflect this change. Data collected from CDOPs for year ending 31 March 2011 includes for the first time the proportion of deaths which were assessed as having modifiable factors which may have contributed to the death. Additional information about the characteristics of child death reviews will also be published (for example the child's age, gender and cause of death). Information about the characteristics was optional when data was collected for the year ending 31 March 2010.

Rescheduling of the 'School Capacity 2010/11' Statistical Release - November 2011
Changes to the content of the 2011 School Capacity survey and the associated regulations delayed the start of the survey by several weeks. As a result, database closure has had to be deferred to allow local authorities sufficient time to return data. This means that final data will not be available for analysis and dissemination until later than anticipated and consequently publication of the 'School Capacity 2010/11' Statistical Release, originally planned for October, has been rescheduled to November 2011.

Postponement of the School Capacity 2010/11 Statistical Release - October 2011
The Head of Profession for Statistics has put back the publication of the 'School Capacity 2010/11' Statistical Release, due for publication on 17 November, to enable further analysis and quality assurance to take place. A new publication date will be announced as soon as possible.

User Consultation - Schools Data Unit - May 2011
The Department for Education seeks to keep its statistical publications relevant and useful. We would appreciate your help in doing this by giving us your opinion on the following publications:

  • Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics
  • Special Educational Needs in England
  • Admissions Appeals for Maintained Primary and Secondary Schools in England
  • Pupil Absence
  • Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions from Schools in England

We would very much appreciate views on the usefulness, or otherwise, of these publications. For more information, please click here.

DfE:Behaviour in Schools as at 2010 - May 2011
We have uncovered an error with the SR: Behaviour in Schools as at December 2010, and have removed it from the Research and Statistics gateway. Following investigation of the error, this affects the Local Authority level figures for primary schools in 2010. The 2010 national primary figures are unaffected; the 2010 figures for the other phases are unaffected, as are the figures for 2009 and 2008. The Statistical Release will be re-issued at 0930 on Tuesday 10 May.

DfE: GCSE and Equivalent Results in England, 2009/10 (Revised) - March 2011
We have previously announced that the underlying data for this publication will be made available alongside the Statistical First Release on the 10th March. Due to technical issues, this has been delayed until 31st March.

REVISIONS - Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 Year Olds in England - March 2011

The provisional figures for participation at end 2009 were published on 22 June 2010. These figures will have to be revised because of processing errors.
The provisional figures for the participation of 17 year olds in Sixth Form Colleges and Further Education Colleges were overstated by around 15,000 or 2.2 per cent of the cohort (of 17 year olds). As a result, the provisional estimate for the percentage of 17 year olds in Education and Work-Based Learning has been revised downwards from 87.4% to 85.1%, and the provisional estimate for the proportion of 17 year olds in Education or Training has been revised downwards from 89.6% to 87.8%.

This revision also has an impact on the provisional figures for the number of 17 year olds Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), and consequently the overall number of 16-18 year olds NEET. The number of 17 year olds NEET was understated by around 7,400 or 1.1% of the cohort, and the percentage of 16-18 year olds NEET was understated by 0.4%. The revised provisional figure for the percentage of 17 year olds NEET is 7.4% and the revised provisional figure for 16-18 year olds NEET is 9.6%.

The revised set of figures for the number and proportion of young people NEET and NET (not in education and training) at the end of 2009 for 17 year olds, 16/17 year olds, and 16-18 year olds can be found in the NEET Statistics Quarterly Brief.

We have previously announced that final figures for local participation at end 2009 would be published in March 2011, as additional tables to the main publication last year. The date for publishing those figures has now been set as the 17 March 2011. In addition, on 17 March 2011 we will publish a revised set of provisional national estimates, and final estimates for national participation as at end 2009.

The SFR has temporarily been removed from the Research and Statistics Gateway whilst the provisional tables are revised, and will be re-issued on 17 March 2011. The publication date for provisional figures for national participation as at end 2010 remains unchanged. These figures will be published in June 2011.

Proposal for revising the tables in the annual School Workforce Statistical First Release - March 2011
As part of the Department's aim to make its statistics relevant and useful, a user consultation on the proposed content of the "School Workforce in England: November 2010" publication is now being carried out. The survey is available here and users are invited to respond before the survey closes on 18 March 2011. The annual "School Workforce in England" Statistical First Release (SFR), scheduled for publication in April 2011, needs revising to reflect the new data collected by the first complete School Workforce Census (SWF) which took place during November and December 2010. The SWF is now the Department's sole main of data on the School Workforce in all local authority maintained schools and academy schools. The collection provides all the Department's basic information on the school workforce which is crucial to evidenced-based policy and tracking whether Ministerial commitments have been delivered. The data collected is now much richer and timelier than before and consequently this means the regular, annual release of the national headline figures can be revamped and refreshed.

The SWF collects individual level data on school teachers and other school staff that is more detailed (and timelier) than in previous years. The information collected can be used to form a broader, more useful range of school workforce data. In addition as the data all come from the same source there are no problems with trying to match data from different sources with differing purposes, methodology, coverage and timing. The proposed set of fifteen tables covers the following topics:
  • Teacher and support staff numbers;
  • Characteristics of teachers and support staff;
  • Pay of teachers;
  • Teachers' qualifications and deployment;
  • Teacher vacancies.

Statistical First Release (SFR): DfE: Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 Year Olds in England - March/June 2011
The statistics due to be published in the "Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 Year Olds in England" SFR will now be published in two parts. This follows a request from the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) for earlier data at Local Authority (LA) level to inform local reporting and planning processes.

In March 2011 statistics will be released for the participation of 16 and 17 year olds in education and work based learning at end 2009, disaggregated by (LA) and region. The release will take the form of 'additional information' to the SFR already published in June 2010. In June 2011 statistics will be released in a new SFR containing national level statistics for the participation of 16, 17 and 18 year olds in education and training at end 2010, including disaggregation by level of study, type of learning institution and estimates of the proportion of young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training).

The only substantive change in practice is to bring forward the release of the local participation statistics by 3 months. The format and detail of the statistics released will not change, and hence both the local and national figures will remain as National Statistics and will continue to be produced in accordance to those standards and protocols.

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